The TarzanActor Joe Lara, along with his wife and Christian diet guru Gwen S Lara, is one of the seven people believed to have died in a plane crash in Tennessee.
Joe Lara had played the title role of Tarzan in the television series Tarzan: The Epic Adventure, In the 1990s.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the Cessna C501 aircraft was flying from nearby Smyrna Rutherford County Airport to Palm Beach International Airport when it crashed Saturday morning.
On Sunday, Rutherford County Fire Rescue’s Captain John Ingle said in a statement that restoration efforts are underway at Percy Priest Lake near Smyrna and efforts are focused on investigating an 800-meter-wide field of debris in the lake.
“With diving teams in the water, we urge civilian boaters to stay away from public safety boats,” said Ingle.
Smyrna is about 20 miles southeast of Nashville. Percy Priest Lake, a popular boating and fishing spot, is a reservoir.
The people officials believed dead are Brandon Hannah, Gwen S. Lara, William J. Lara, David L. Martin, Jennifer J. Martin, Jessica Walters, and Jonathan Walters. Their names were released after family members were notified.
Gwen Lara founded the Remnant Fellowship Church in Brentwood in 1999 and wrote a faith-based book on weight loss.
The Remnant Fellowship Church said in a statement to CNN that the “seven Remnant Fellowship leaders who lost on May 29, 2021 were some of the best and most loving people you would ever meet. During this terrible tragedy, our church would greatly appreciate prayers. “
“Gwen Shamblin Lara was one of the kindest, gentlest, and most selfless mothers and women in the world, and a loyal, caring, and supportive best friend to everyone. She has put her own life down every day to ensure that others can find a relationship with God, “the Remnant Fellowship Church said in its statement.” Her wonderful and supportive husband, Joe Lara, will also be greatly missed, “the statement said.
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